Brooklyn Nets Center LaMarcus Aldridge Retires After 15 Years Due to Irregular Hearbeat Scare

FILE – Then-San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge runs up the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in San Antonio, in this Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, file photo. Aldridge retired from the NBA on Thursday, April 15, 2021, after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets. Aldridge, 35, posted a statement on social media saying the heart concern he had during and after Brooklyn’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday was one of the “scariest things” he’s experienced. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge announced on Twitter on Thursday that he is retiring from the NBA after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during his final appearance with the team.

“For 15 years I’ve put basketball first,” Aldridge wrote. “And now, it is time to put my health and family first.”

Aldridge, 35, said he experienced the irregular heartbeat during the Nets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, after which his condition worsened.

“The next morning, I told the team what was going on and they were great getting me to the hospital,” Aldridge wrote. “Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced.”

Aldridge had missed the Nets’ past two games with what the team called a non-COVID-19 illness.

Nets general manager Sean Marks said the team fully supports Aldridge’s decision to retire.

“We know this was not an easy decision for him, but after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, he made the best decision for him, his family and for his life after basketball,” Marks said in a statement.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Malika Andrews

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